Wednesday 18 January 2023

Visit to Musée de l'Armée, Paris. Lots of XVII c. stuff


Hello guys,

I spent the first week of January 2023, revisiting Paris, and  I miraculously convinced my girlfriend to go to the military museum with me! She patiently paid attention to all my tedious explanations for almost 3 hours.

The collection is HUGE, I was very interested on WWI and WWII stuff, but in this blog, I will show to you some items related to XVII c. warfare.

The first pics are the tombs of both Turenne and Vauban behind the big dome, next to Napoleon's tomb.

Spanish gun, 1638, labelled as artillery of the army of Cardinal Infante, Don Fernando de Austria, brother of King, Philip IV of Spain.

coat of arms of Cardinal Infante

Spanish royal arms

French guns

Very interesting gun from Marine Royale, the brand new navy of France, heavily reinforced by Cardinal Richelieu

Now some nice mid to late XVII c. siege armor

Cuirassier armor from early and mid XVII C.
 several nations:

Armor of Louis XIV

Armour and horse dress of Condé ?

Heavy Pikeman and Buffcoats

This pistol-axe is quite interesting because I have a 28mm  model of French dismounted cuirassier wielding one, so I could not resist to post here!

Late XVII c. French cavalry flag, I thought they were bigger!

Flag of an Irish regiment in French service !

late XVIIc. French drum

Duke D'Enghien in 1646 after taking Dunkirk

Battle of Senneffe 1674



  1. Great photos! The gorgets are quite a bit larger than I imagined.

  2. It's a fantastic place to visit.